Message from CARPHA Executive Director for Caribbean Wellness Day 2019

Healthy ageing is important to all of us at every stage of our lives.  While healthy ageing starts at birth, and is influenced by genetics, a large percentage of our interactions with our physical and social environments, can shape our behaviours and experiences across our life course.

For this reason, Caribbean Wellness Day 2019 focuses on improving the quality of life of the ageing population, with the slogan, Healthy Ageing Starts Now.

On Saturday 14th September, countries across the Region celebrate Caribbean Wellness Day.  The annual event is geared at increasing awareness and promoting activities to address non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which are recognised as a threat to one’s wellbeing, and continue to severely impact the health, economy and development of Caribbean countries and territories. 

Statistics show that NCDs which include heart diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, account for nearly half of all deaths of persons under 70 years, and for two out of three deaths overall. The costs associated with these diseases are not always manageable for governments, employers, and families.  Healthy ageing is about maintaining the ability that allows you to do the things that are of importance to you. It is a key strategy for sustainable development and decreasing future health costs for you and your loved ones
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The World Health Organization (WHO) defines older persons as people over 60 years of age. In many of our Caribbean countries, older adults make up one of the fastest growing groups. In 1980, one in fifteen persons was aged 60 and older; this amount is expected to double by the year 2020. Persons are also living longer. Today, a person born in the Region can expect to live 15-20 years more than his/her grandparent, if they do not develop NCDs. Read more

 

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